Dalat, the former French hill station, was probably the most important location for the Emperor Bao Dai after the Imperial Citadel in Hue. In 1933 the emperor met Nguyen Huu Thi Lan at a party in Dalat, and she became his first and only queen, Nam Phuong.
Dalat was also his preferred place to live and work when he was the Emperor of Annam and the Head of the State of Vietnam from 1948 to 1955, and he had several summer homes here, now called Palace I, II and III. Bao Dai also lived here with his lovers, “concubines”, Mong Diep and Phi Anh. He was passionate about hunting in Buon Me Thuot or Lak Lake and occasionally traveled to Nha Trang with Mong Diep.
According to the Hue cultural researcher, Nguyen Đac Xuan, Bao Dai built a villa for his lover Mong Diep in the alpine forest near his official palace and a beautiful Spanish stone villa for his concubine Phi Anh, which is now a luxury hotel in Dalat.
With alpine scenery, lakes, flower gardens, a market, historic railway station with steam trains, lovely colonial buildings and a golf course, the first in Southeast Asia, Dalat can be reached in 2 hours by road from Nha Trang.
The Dalat Suite is adjacent to the Nha Trang Suite and both are located on the upper deck towards the rear of the Emperor Cruises boat. The higher suites offer gorgeous views of the stunning Nha Trang Bay. Dalat Suite is very spacious, large enough for a king and queen with ocean views on both sides and a private sundeck lounge. Designed with privacy, romance and elegance in mind, guests can enjoy the best views in the sun-filled cabin as well as sharing the memory of the gorgeous sunset.
The Dalat Suite has a double bedroom and, like the other suites, all amenities are handmade but more exclusive as befits a suite on the upper deck. The large, gracious balcony allows plenty of light into an airy 42.9 square metre room featuring elegant furnishings and rich decor. Meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the king-sized bed and marble bathroom featuring walk-in shower and an Indochine style old-fashioned bath tub.